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>> congratulations to our supervisor.
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if you look in here with me, you would know why i refuse to speak today. you want to talk about treasure island. i support treasure island. gavin newsom, when he had 105 million to control treasure island. you make our dreams come true. i asked him in 2009 to allow me -- trying to come and visit me and stay with me. the other issue i would like to tell you -- his name, white.
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she has lost two of her people. our supervisor is talking about. here, i bring it for you. ladies and gentlemen, i want to be here on friday. if you want to be responsible for his victory and you want to our fire fighters to die like heros, i love them and i would love to see you there.
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>> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good evening, supervisors. it is important to understand the real cost of privatization. not only through business interests think that they own the sidewalk, but they have implemented a community benefits so that they could have the contention for the sidewalk. nothing is more emblematic of this abuse than the san francisco public library where private fund-raisers call themselves a public-private partnership think that they own the library. the way to stop this is the open government accountability laws that have moved under the heading of sunshine laws. as far as the city hall family
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is concerned, money is king. community is what the private tears are buying with their money. if corporations paid for the benches in the san francisco supervisors chamber, then you would understand that you would not be able to say that you could not criticize the corporations because they paid for the benches. you would probably still recognize that as an improper restriction of freedom of speech. that is what the library commission and the library department says. the public will have to sit on the floor. that is why they wanted to destroy the library. not only do they own the library, they own your right to speak out. that is the goal of privatization. democracy is under attack. private philanthropy buys their
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influence and the public does not even get the money. that is why the lies cost more. >> madam speaker. >> and do you feel like you are being forced to listen to this broadcast? i hope you will exercise your free will. your teacher failed you. i miserably failed you. you have until two weeks ago. this was wrong. 20 tackles -- that equals 1000. this appeared on the wall after 70 years.
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daniel was brought in to interpret this mysterious handwriting on the wall. this had an equivalent in hebrew of mana. mana would be it 1000 equivalent. [inaudible] in ezekiel 45, that says that one shuttle equals 20. this is half of a mana. >> thank you. >> 500, for a total of 2500. the reason why i say that is
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that when nebuchadnezzar the this forces 70 years. this number, 2005 hundred 20 is a very important number. -- 2520 is a very important number. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good evening, supervisors. i am here to talk about item 61. our taxi director, she directorwith two cab company presidents on a fishing trip to another country.
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we got a charge. at the moment, we spend 30 hours at this meeting and we will be in the meeting tomorrow for six hours. i request you to understand our problem. there are issues with the two credit card machines. not one, but two. three machines that i have never heard of. i came to request of scott, a proposal or suggestion. to postpone it for a month at least until we can complete our talk with them. this is a very difficult situation bank is approved.
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we do want to see this approved. that is mentioned by the supervisor about the southeast part of the city. i have been threatened my life in that area. 25 more cabs is not going to improve the service. that is a dispatch issue. please postpone this proposal. >> seeing no other members of the public that wish to speak, general public cummins disclosed. >> item 61-66 are being considered for immediate and unanimous adoption without committee reference. if a member of requests discussion of the item, it will be discussed separately. >> would anybody like to sever any of these items?
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>> 61. >> could you please call the roll on the adoption calendar? >> item 60-66. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> those motions are approved and adopted. item 61. >> item 61 is a proposed taxi fare increase under proposal. >> i just wanted to briefly point out a few things about the resolution given some of the feedback. first of all, this resolution
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does not in any way say that there should not be character. they say that this should be coupled with a service increased. the mta is moving in that direction in terms of decoupling of the two. we are seeing actual progress. this resolution has helped provide that momentum. they understand that they need to put the two together. we have heard from the gentleman today as well as others that that would be acceptable to a lot of cabdrivers. in addition, this resolution states that cabdrivers deserve to make a fair wage. that is very explicit. there are a lot of reasons why cabdrivers are treated unfairly. the gatekeeper charge. i know that credit card fees are
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a problem. there is a lot of common ground here. if we are going to make cab service more expensive, we should be approving service at the same time. that is the gist of this motion. i respectfully ask for your support. >> roll-call vote, please. >> no. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> no. >> n. >> no. >> we have seven ayes and four nos. >> this resolution has been adopted. could you read the en memoriums?
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my apologies. >> i am not point to send it to committee. it is a non-binding resolution. seven members of the board of supervisors voted for it. >> let me restate that again. the resolution has failed. it would have required eight votes. mr. clarke. >> on behalf of supervisor cohen for the late renee. on behalf of the full board for a firefighter. >> is there any more business in front of this body? >> this meeting is adjourned for the evening.
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>> thank you very much for
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coming this morning and welcome to the rededication of the reservoir. we are happy to be here today. this represents one of the milestones in our project. we are happy to share this with you. this reservoir has been empty the last two years and today, you will hear the sound of water rushing to fill it again. it makes the city safer, provides water for customers, for firefighters, for after an earthquake. we will be updating our systems. this was originally built in 1885. 125 years old. it takes care of a good part of san francisco, places lower than this. it is an incredibly important part of our system in san francisco. it was a $39 million project and it came in under budget. we are doing it effectively and
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efficiently. we do appreciate the folks who worked on it. it is part of the $4.6 billion water system improvement program. this is about a half with point in that program. it is the last major project in san francisco that has been completed. there are a few more projects to be done. this is the last major one. san francisco is more safe than before these projects were done. there are a lot of projects that happened in district 11. the first was a tank replacement project that started a number of years ago. it is fitting we are in district 11 because we're finishing the major work on our program in district 11. we're happy to be joined by supervisor john avalos. he has been supportive of all of our programs and was a leader on having local jobs for people who
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need them. the work is happening to provide those jobs. in fact, at the end of this week, we will have six kids out worth $18 million that will help the new local hire ordinance legislation. we are certain the pilots for how to expand local hire. supervisor avalos? [applause] >> thank you. i want to congratulate you and the public utility commission, san francisco water, power, so were for your great work on this project and throughout the head ceci -- throughout the improvement program. we have projects being done across northern california and it speaks volumes about the puc staff, being able to bring these projects to fruition. these are paid for by our tax
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dollars. we owe it to the ratepayers to make sure that our public investments are made efficiently and a sound way for the budget. congratulations. i am excited about the track record of the puc on hiring locally in san francisco. for this project alone, we have 60.5% of the residents who are around the area working on this project. we have 6.5% -- it is 27.5%, sorry, much better. 27.5% of the workers are local residents. that is above what our current mandate is for the local hire ordinance that we passed last year at the board of supervisors. i wanted to congratulate you on that effort. 54.5% are from the bay area. 60.5% of the workers are apprenticeships workers, new
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workers, who are getting new jobs into this industry. the project helps to make that happen. congratulations on that. we are hiring carpenters, cement workers, and landscape professionals. we know we are providing employment opportunities for this project. i look at this as providing so many benefits to san francisco. we're providing reliable water. we are making our water system safe. we are also improving the process for many san francisco workers and businesses. those workers will go and spend money for their basic needs in san francisco. congratulations to the puc. i look forward to more of the work being done on our local monuments. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor. don't we love this almost summer
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weather? it is a wonderful place to be, isn't it? this is part of a larger improvement program and it is good when you have these ceremonies to have somebody who knows what is happening in back of us as opposed to those who come for the celebrations. julie is the head of the program and she will be talking about what we're doing here. thank you. julie? >> thank you. i am thrilled to be here this morning to commemorate the completion of this key retrofit project as well as to celebrate the construction completion of 29 other projects here in the city of san francisco. the university mount reservoir is the fifth to be retrofitted as part of the water system improvement program since 2003. i think it is important to remember that every time we complete a project like this, we are a step closer to making our system completely seismically
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reliable and to ensure our 2.5 million customers have drinking water, and that we have an adequate supply to fight fires following a major seismic event. how did we seismically retrofit this 125-year-old structure? we installed a number of super frames to support the roof structure. we added multiple sheer walls and stained -- and frames. we also drilled 500 miles through the bottom of the reservoir to anchor it to the bedrock to prevent it from sliding. we completely sealed and waterproofed the roof. with all of these upgrades completed, this reservoir will be possible of heating be -- feeding the entire city following a major earthquake. be completed some improvements
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to the inlet-outlet piping of the reservoir that will allow us to backseat our transmission system so that customers in the upper peninsula do receive water following an emergency. i am really proud of the hard work of our project team. there to be commended for successfully delivering the project and also for their dedication to the program. i also wanted to highlight the pretty impressive track record of the regional project manager, howard fung. job well done, howard. [applause] thank you. >> thank you. just to make sure we understand, this is a partnership of a lot of folks. the general manager of the puc, the general manager for infrastructure, the assistant
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manager for external affairs, and a lot of you who have worked hard for the puc, we appreciate it. we also have the leadership of the puc, the commissioners to make the decisions. we have the president and the vice president of the commission. francesca is here to make another announcement today. [applause] >> i am so happy to be here to celebrate this project. i think it is appropriate, the weather we are having, as we dedicate the reservoir. it is a little strange to be getting this rain, but we appreciate every drop of it and we are happy to have a big reservoir. i am excited to announce that we have plans to install three small hydroelectric generators here on site. that is a clean, renewable energy source, something that we are committed to. it will replicate on a smaller scale of our large scale hydro project up that hetch hetchy dam
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. we are thrilled that will be on line. that will be done by 2013. 200 kilowatts per day will be generated by those three facilities, those three generators, enough to power approximately 200 homes. we are excited about that as part of our efforts to move away from dirty, empowered -- imported power sources in san francisco, and an example to our commitment to a clean, renewable energy future. we are excited about that. i want to congratulate the power enterprise staff for this project. they are doing everything they can on the efficiency front to make us a clean, green city. i want to acknowledge them as well. it is a team effort. not only the water enterprise, but the power enterprises making this a success. thank you to them and to
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everybody at the puc for making this happen. [applause] >> now we have a few gifts for the people who are speakers. then we will walk down and turn the valve. when it is totally open, it will bring in 2.5 million gallons a day into this reservoir. it holds 80 million gallons. it will take a month to fill up completely. you are welcome to come down. watch your step. we will make the last turn of the vowels. you will start to hear the rush of water going into the reservoir. [water rushing] >> many hands make light work.
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[water rushing] >> about four years ago, [inaudible] look at how beautiful this was. there is our relationship to the planet. these regions are the
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wealthiest, the most powerful. that really has impacted the planet. it is almost impossible now to go anywhere and had it really be completely dark. there are very few locations that you can find. that means our relationship to the sky, there is a way where we dominate the sky. we cannot see anything really. we are blinding ourselves in a way. >> you can look at the images, they are beautiful.
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when i started four years ago, there was a conversation about environmental issues that was very different. this is not being talked about in the way it is now. . this has just been like an amazing growth. i anticipate the project to be something that opens a dialogue to public interest in these ideas. so the work is really made to be seen in this environment. it's been show in museum, in gallery, but never in a public setting. and it's kind of ideal for both myself and the works to have this real dialogue with the public not only in san
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francisco but people coming from all over the world. >> since the dawn of electricity, that light is something that people feel connected to and inspired by. personally, there is space to keep that alive, just finding balance. the key is to find some balance.